The following words of the Prophet Amos, though writing about the fate that would befall the northern kingdom of Israel in a mere forty years following the invasion of the Assyrians, are useful to call to mind in light of the terrible tragedy that is afflicting California in the form of monstrous wildfires at this time:
Hear the word that the Lord hath spoken concerning you, O ye children of Israel: concerning the whole family that I brought up out of the land of Egypt, saying:  You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore will I visit upon you all your iniquities.  Shall two walk together except they be agreed?  Will a lion roar in the forest, if he have no prey? will the lion's whelp cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing?  Will the bird fall into the snare upon the earth, if there be no fowler? Shall the snare be taken up from the earth, before it hath taken somewhat?
 Shall the trumpet sound in a city, and the people not be afraid? Shall there be evil in a city, which the Lord hath not done?  For the Lord God doth nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets.  The lion shall roar, who will not fear? The Lord God hath spoken, who shall not prophesy?  Publish it in the houses of Azotus, and in the houses of the land of Egypt, and say: Assemble yourselves upon the mountains of Samaria, and behold the many follies in the midst thereof, and them that suffer oppression in the inner rooms thereof.  And they have not known to do the right thing, saith the Lord, storing up iniquity, and robberies in their houses.
 Therefore thus saith the Lord God: The land shall be in tribulation, and shall be compassed about: and thy strength shall be taken away from thee, and thy houses shall be spoiled.  Thus saith the Lord: As if a shepherd should get out of the lion's mouth two legs, or the tip of the ear: so shall the children of Israel be taken out that dwell in Samaria, in a piece of a bed, and in the couch of Damascus.  Hear ye, and testify in the house of Jacob, saith the Lord the God of hosts:  That in the day when I shall begin to visit the transgressions of Israel, I will visit upon him, and upon the altars of Bethel: and the horns of the altars shall be cut off, and shall fall to the ground.  And I will strike the winter house with the summer house: and the houses of ivory shall perish, and many houses shall be destroyed, saith the Lord. (Amos 3: 1-11.)
Bishop Richard Challoner commented as follows about the meaning of Verse 6:
 "Evil in a city": He speaks of the evil of punishments of war, famine, pestilence, desolation, etc., but not of the evil of sin, of which God is not the author. (Challoner Bible Commentary: Douay-Rheims Bible.)
Once again, the Prophet Amos was prophesying about the fate of the northern kingdom of Israel (he, a native of the southern kingdom of Juda, had been sent to the northern kingdom to announce his prophecies) that would befall it because of the people’s infidelity and unrepentant sins. Nonetheless, however, the Prophet Amos’s words, which were, of course, written under the inspiration of the Third Person of the Most Blessed Trinity, God the Holy Ghost, are certainly useful to reflect upon during the terrible chastisements that are being inflicted now in various parts of the world, including in California as wildfires in the northern and southern parts of this socialist “paradise” that aggressively promotes and forces taxpayers to subsidize all manner of wickedness under the cover of the civil law while forfeiting many of their legitimate property rights.
Chastisements such as those occurring in California and elsewhere in the world, including Europe, which has seen epic flooding in recent months, are the result of the sins of men, not “climate change.” Those, such as the purveyor of wickedness named Edmund Gerald Brown, Jr., who has served for Governor of California for sixteen years (1975-1983 and 2011-2019) and has used that position to promote sodomy and the chemical and surgical execution of the innocent preborn, among other evils, are the true deniers of reality as they seek to blame “climate deniers” for disasters that God permits to bring men to their knees and to repentance. Brown will find out at his particular judgment that his policies have helped to bring the wrath of God down upon California as even those who are believing Catholics are swept up into the vortex caused by the wickedness of others. This self-righteous supporter of evil has even been praised by one of Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s “archbishops”:
The Vatican gave a shout-out to California Gov. Jerry Brown Sunday, praising him for his war against climate change and his defense of human “dignity and freedom.”
In a Tweet from Casina Pio IV, the headquarters of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Vatican called Brown a “true leader” while singling out the Democratic governor’s concern for “the good of the planet threatened by human activity that uses fossil fuel.”
More questionably, the message lauded Gov. Brown—a darling of Planned Parenthood and zealous advocate for abortion on demand—as a “leader who seeks the good of the people defending the dignity and freedom of each person.” The Tweet ends with a triple emoticon of human hands clasped in prayer.
The Vatican has twice offered Governor Brown a platform to preach his ideas, inviting him on two separate occasions to address an assembly of clerics and lay people on issues related to global warming.
Earlier this month, Brown delivered a keynote address at the Vatican in a meeting of the Pontifical Academy on climate change titled “Health of People, Health of Planet and our Responsibility: Climate Change, Air Pollution and Health.”
In open opposition to the Catholic Church’s defense of unborn children, Brown has been a passionate supporter of abortion-on-demand and has called himself “an uncompromising champion of a woman’s right to choose.” He also supports federal funding of Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers, leading Planned Parenthood to refer to him as “the REAL pro-choice candidate for governor.”
Although as a young man Brown was a Catholic seminarian with the Jesuit order, he sees no contradiction between his Catholic credentials and his crusade for abortion.
The State of California accounts for a disproportionately high number of U.S. abortions, and although only 12 percent of the national population lives in the state, 29 percent of all the nation’s abortions take place there. This means that the abortion rate in California is well over twice that of the national average.
The Pontifical Academy for Science is run by Argentinian Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, who came under fire in May of 2016 for offering a Vatican platform to other known advocates of abortion and population control, like Jeffrey Sachs and UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon, as well as population hoaxer Paul Ehrlich.
When questioned about the decision to enlist speakers so divergent from Catholic teaching, Sánchez shifted the blame to the Tea Party and the oil industry, and suggested he was not responsible because “I am only the Chancellor.” (Vatican Extols Pro-Abortion Governor Jerry Brown as a True Leader Who Defends Human Dignity.)
Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo got one thing right: he is only the “chancellor” of the blaspheming heretic he serves, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who admires the likes of “Jerry” Brown and, among so many others, Andrew Mark Cuomo, the Governor of the Socialist Republic of New York. Jorge wants men such as Brown, Cuomo, Jeffrey Sachs, Paul Ehrlich, Ban Ki-moon and others, including those directly affiliated with the atheistic Jewish-born globalist billionaire, George Soros, to receive the official “blessing” of the counterfeit church of conciliarism. This is his way of denigrating everyone in public life who is “pro-life” and of setting an example for “conservative” “bishops” within the conciliar structures to stop praising the initiatives, no matter how flawed and partial they may be, of the administration of President Donald John Trump to limit the harm caused by the daily slaughter of the preborn. This is all the work of Antichrist as every single bit of it is anti-Christ.
Never mind the fact that the claptrap about “climate change” has always been, is now and will always be a smokescreen used by socialists to seize more power and limit more legitimate human liberties and by population controllers to do away with more and more innocent human beings, the actual truth of the matter, stated clearly in 2015, must ignored and denied:
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s most accurate, up-to-date temperature data confirm the United States has been cooling for at least the past decade. The NOAA temperature data are driving a stake through the heart of alarmists claiming accelerating global warming.
Responding to widespread criticism that its temperature station readings were corrupted by poor siting issues and suspect adjustments, NOAA established a network of 114 pristinely sited temperature stations spread out fairly uniformly throughout the United States. Because the network, known as the U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN), is so uniformly and pristinely situated, the temperature data require no adjustments to provide an accurate nationwide temperature record. USCRN began compiling temperature data in January 2005. Now, nearly a decade later, NOAA has finally made the USCRN temperature readings available.
According to the USCRN temperature readings, U.S. temperatures are not rising at all – at least not since the network became operational 10 years ago. Instead, the United States has cooled by approximately 0.4 degrees Celsius, which is more than half of the claimed global warming of the twentieth century.
Of course, 10 years is hardly enough to establish a long-term trend. Nevertheless, the 10-year cooling period does present some interesting facts.
irst, global warming is not so dramatic and uniform as alarmists claim. For example, prominent alarmist James Hansen claimed in 2010, “Global warming on decadal time scales is continuing without letup … effectively illustrat[ing] the monotonic and substantial warming that is occurring on decadal time scales.” The word “monotonic” means, according to Merriam-Webster Online, “having the property either of never increasing or of never decreasing as the values of the independent variable or the subscripts of the terms increase.” Well, either temperatures are decreasing by 0.4 degrees Celsius every decade or they are not monotonic.
Second, for those who may point out U.S. temperatures do not equate to global temperatures, the USCRN data are entirely consistent with – and indeed lend additional evidentiary support for – the global warming stagnation of the past 17-plus years. While objective temperature data show there has been no global warming since sometime last century, the USCRN data confirm this ongoing stagnation in the United States, also.
Third, the USCRN data debunk claims that rising U.S. temperatures caused wildfires, droughts, or other extreme weather events during the past year. The objective data show droughts, wildfires, and other extreme weather events have become less frequent and severe in recent decades as our planet modestly warms. But even ignoring such objective data, it is difficult to claim global warming is causing recent U.S. droughts and wildfires when U.S. temperatures are a full 0.4 degrees Celsius colder than they were in 2005.
Even more importantly than the facts above, the USCRN provides the promise of reliable nationwide temperature data for years to come. No longer will global warming alarmists be able to hide behind thinly veiled excuses to doctor the U.S. temperature record. Now, thanks to the USCRN, the data are what the data are.
Expect global warming alarmists, now and for the foreseeable future, to howl in desperation claiming the USCRN temperature data are irrelevant.
Of course, to global warming alarmists, all real-world data are irrelevant. (Government Data Show U.S. in Decade-Long Cooling.)
What do facts mean to the lords of Modernity who are steeped in the throes of the adversary’s influence, whether directly or indirectly?
Then again, the counterfeit church of conciliaism itself is a tool of the adversary to promote evil by its endorsement of everything that is forbidden by the Ten Commandments, starting with their “popes’” and “bishops’’ praise of false religions and including the sins of willful murder and sodomy. It is no wonder, therefore, that we live during a time of apostasy, a time where the adversary is worshiped openly in some places and where his works of darkness are being promoted with abandon by Hollywood producers, who live and work in a culture steeped in satanic practices:
Hollywood studios are “drenched in the blood of innocent children” according to Mel Gibson who claims the consumption of “baby blood is so popular in Hollywood that it basically operates as a currency of its own.”
Hollywood elites are an “enemy of mankind continually acting contrary to our best interests” and “breaking every God given taboo known to man, including the sanctity of children,” Mel Gibson said in London, where he is promoting his role in Daddy’s Home 2, his most prominent on-screen role in years.
“It’s an open secret in Hollywood. These people have their own religious and spiritual teachings and their own social and moral frameworks. They have their sacred texts – they are sick, believe me – and they couldn’t be more at odds with what America stands for.”
Mel Gibson appeared on the Graham Norton Show on the BBC on Friday, and he schooled shocked guests about the real nature of Hollywood elites in the green room backstage after his appearance.
Explaining that he spent the last ten years “working on my own ideas, outside of the Hollywood system” after being blacklisted by Hollywood in 2006 for sharing opinions about the industry and the world that run counter to liberal orthodoxy, Gibson said, “I don’t know how to break it to you gently… Hollywood is institutionalized pedophilia.
“They are using and abusing kids.“
“They churn through a huge amount of kids every year. Their spiritual beliefs, if you can call them that, direct them to harvest the energy of the kids. They feast on this stuff and they thrive on it,” the Hacksaw Ridge director said.
“What do I mean? This isn’t some kind of artistic abstraction. They harvest the blood of children. They eat their flesh. They believe this gives them life force. If the child was suffering in body and psyche before it died, they believe this gives them extra life force.”
“There is a creative and loving force inside most of us that guides us through life. These people don’t have this. For them it’s the opposite.”
According to Mel Gibson, who has spent 30 years in and out of the Hollywood system, the industry elites “thrive on pain, trauma, stress, abuse, and suffering.”
“Hollywood is drenched in the blood of innocent children. For a long time all the references to pedophilia and cannibalism were symbolic or allusive. But I was personally introduced to the practice in the early 2000s. I can talk about this now because these people, the execs, they’re dead now.”
“The blood of a sexually abused infant is considered highly ‘enriched’ and is highly prized. The money changing hands, the favors, the kickbacks – you have no idea. Babies are a high-functioning currency all of their own. Babies are their premium brand of high-grade caviar cocaine diamond steak.”
But according to Gibson this isn’t a flavor-of-the-month perversion, popular among men and women who have grown bored of standard issue sins.
“This isn’t anything new. If you do some research you will see it’s a metaphysical, alchemical phenomenon and you can find it behind the scenes in all the dark eras in history.
“It’s a dark, multidimensional occult art and practice, used by secret societies in the last few hundred years for social programming and mind control, and raised to a zenith by Hollywood in America in our era.” (Mel Gibson Exposes Hollywood's Evil Practices.)
This is all undoubtedly true.
To amplify the truths told by Mel Gibson, who has had to deal with his own demons of lust and alcohol over the years, I was told by the Catholic gentleman who served as the chairman of my campaign for New York State Right to Life Party senatorial nomination in 1998 that he had been in the office of a major motion picture studio executive in Hollywood, finding the man’s office darkened and illuminated only by the light of sanctuary lamp that burned before an image of the devil himself. No, I am not making this up, and the man, who is truly a victim soul now after having been partially paralyzed by a medical procedure that caused him to have a stroke, is not prone to story-telling.
How can any Catholic justify partaking of so-called “entertainment” produced by Hollywood that is under the control of satan himself?
It is to take nothing away from the tragedy of epic proportions that has taken the lives of at least forty-two people now and burned hundreds of homes in California as a community named “Paradise” was burned to the ground to state the simple truth that such disasters are the result of the epidemic of unrepentant sin in the world. God will not be mocked. Sin must be punished.
Who says so?
Well, consider the words of Saint Paul the Apostle in his Epistle to the Hebrews:
For where there is a testament, the death of the testator must of necessity come in. For a testament is of force, after men are dead: otherwise it is as yet of no strength, whilst the testator liveth. Whereupon neither was the first indeed dedicated without blood. For when every commandment of the law had been read by Moses to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water, and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, Saying: This is the blood of the testament, which God hath enjoined unto you.
The tabernacle also and all the vessels of the ministry, in like manner, he sprinkled with blood. And almost all things, according to the law, are cleansed with blood: and without shedding of blood there is no remission. It is necessary therefore that the patterns of heavenly things should be cleansed with these: but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Jesus is not entered into the holies made with hands, the patterns of the true: but into heaven itself, that he may appear now in the presence of God for us. Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holies, every year with the blood of others:
For then he ought to have suffered often from the beginning of the world: but now once at the end of ages, he hath appeared for the destruction of sin, by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, and after this the judgment: So also Christ was offered once to exhaust the sins of many; the second time he shall appear without sin to them that expect him unto salvation. (Hebrews 9: 21-28.)
Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ shed every drop of His own Most Precious Blood to redeem us. Though innocent, the Second Person of the Most Blessed Trinity made Man. We are called to make reparation for our own sins and those of others, something we must bear in mind at all times even when facing epic chastisements such as those afflicting California at tis time.
Once again, while taking not a thing away from the physical and emotional suffering that has afflicted so many in California at this time, a suffering that must be relieved by our prayers and by whatever temporal assistance can be rendered unto them, we must recognize that no suffering, not even that which has resulted in so much devastation in the Golden State, is the equal of what one of our least Venial Sins caused Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to suffer in His Sacred Humanity during His Passion and Death and that caused His Most Blessed Mother's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart to be pierced through and through with those Seven Swords of Sorrow.
Catholics who love God as He has revealed Himself to us exclusively through His Catholic Church give thanks to Him for each and every cross and humiliation that He sees fit to fashion for the.
Each and every cross that the good God sends us is the means by which we are meant to give Him honor and glory through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Each and every cross that the good God sends us is the means by which we are meant to make reparation for our own sins and those of the whole world, praying with urgency for the unconditional conversion of all non-Catholic to the true Church before they die and praying for the return of lapsed Catholics to the bosom of Holy Mother Church before they die.
Each and every cross that the good God sends us is the means by which we can give salutary example to lukewarm Catholics and to all non-Catholics that God never permits us to endure any cross that is beyond our capacity to carry by means of the graces that His Co-Eternal and Co-Equal Son, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, won for us by the shedding of each and every drop of His Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross and that flow into our hearts and souls through the loving hands of His Most Blessed Mother, she who is the Mediatrix of All Graces.
Catholics rejoice in their crosses.
Catholics rejoice when they are castigated and humiliated and misunderstood and calumniated.
Catholics rejoice when they are denied temporal honors and worldly success.
Catholics rejoice when they are deemed worthy to suffer some terrible physical or emotional affliction as this means that God has seen fit to make it more possible for them to pay back what they owe for their sins in this passing, mortal vale of tears and thus to do their Purgatory on earth.
Mind you, by way of reiteration, this is not to denigrate or to minimize in any way the tremendous suffering that is taking place in California at this time. This is, however, remind the very few readers of this little-read website that we are supposed to look at each of the events in our own lives and in the world through the supernatural eyes of the Holy Faith.
The loving hand of the good God is seeking to chastise us.
God is seeking to humiliate us in order that we might rely more fully upon Him as He has revealed Himself to us exclusively through the Catholic Church.
God is seeking to remind the creature that He, the Creator, has created the laws and the properties of the universe and that no amount of human planning, no matter how sincerely motivated or how carefully implemented, can probe the depths of the creation that came into existence at His mere willing it so.
The earth itself will end in God's good time, and it will end by fire, meaning that the events in California are meant to give us a foretaste of the destruction of the world at the end of time. God is, I believe, seeking to remind us that no created thing on this earth will last forever—certainly not any community named “Paradise” here on earth, that the end of our own particular lives can occur at any time. We are not to take even our next breath for granted. Everything good thing that we have, starting with the Holy Faith Itself, is His gratuitous gift to us.
Catholics must, therefore, have the same sense of detachment from as did holy Job after Satan was permitted by God to deprive him of everything he had, including his life and children, willing to bend under the mighty arm of God as He seeks to rid us of our disordered self-love to have a pure love of Him and His Holy Will:
 Then the Lord said to Satan: Behold, all that he hath is in thy hand: only put not forth thy hand upon his person. And Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.  Now upon a certain day when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in the house of their eldest brother,  There came a messenger to Job, and said: The oxen were ploughing, and the asses feeding beside them,  And the Sabeans rushed in, and took all away, and slew the servants with the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell thee.
 And while he was yet speaking, another came, and said: The fire of God fell from heaven, and striking the sheep and the servants, hath consumed them, and I alone have escaped to tell thee.  And while he also was yet speaking, there came another, and said: The Chaldeans made three troops, and have fallen upon the camels, and taken them, moreover they have slain the servants with the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell thee.  He was yet speaking, and behold another came in, and said: Thy sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in the house of their elder brother:  A violent wind came on a sudden from the side of the desert, and shook the four corners of the house, and it fell upon thy children and they are dead, and I alone have escaped to fell thee.  Then Job rose up, and rent his garments, and having shaven his head fell down upon the ground and worshipped,
 And said: Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away: as it hath pleased the Lord so is it done: blessed be the name of the Lord.  In all these things Job sinned not by his lips, nor spoke he any foolish thing against God. (Job 1: 12-22.)
We must never murmur against the will of God. Not once. Not ever. None of us ever suffers truly as his sins deserve. God is merciful even in the administration of his chastisements to those who love Him.
The chastisement that is afflicting many in California, a leader in the worldwide exportation of evil laws, entertainment, music and decadent “culture,” at this time is meant not only for them. It is for us all.
Although paganism is rampant in California, it is rampant in many other places in the United States of America as naturalism, which is really the state religion, if you will, of this country, has convinced even traditionally-minded Catholics that men do not need to pursue the common temporal good in light of man's Last End as they submit with humility and docility to the Catholic Church in all that pertains to the good of souls.
Yes, the chastisement that has afflicted many in California is meant for us all.
Time will tell whether the wildfires currently burning will spread much more before being contained.
We must remember that the wildfires set by the sins that cry out to Heaven for vengeance that are protected under cover of the civil law and promoted all throughout what passes for "popular culture" in the United States of America and elsewhere in the “civilized” West must be punished. What a privilege it is for us, sinners who have helped to cause this wildfire of sins by our own infidelities and lukewarmness and inattentiveness to our interior lives of prayer and so unwilling to engage in voluntary acts of fasting and mortification and self-denial, to suffer here in this life so that we will be ready at all times to die a good death as we make sure to start each morning with our Morning Offering and our Acts of Faith, Hope, Charity and Contrition, mindful that each day God sees fit to give us might be our very last.
Thank God upon arising in the morning that you are a Catholic, able to see the world through the eyes of the true Faith.
Thank God throughout the day that you are a Catholic, willing to accept each bit of suffering and difficulty and rejection and humiliation as the means by which you can give Him honor and glory and to sanctify your immortal soul as a member of the Catholic Church and the consecrated slave of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour, Christ the King, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of His Most Blessed Mother, Mary our Immaculate Queen.
Never be afraid of natural disasters and catastrophes. Never be afraid of who has criticized you or who has rejected your friendship or who has made life difficult for you. Indeed, be grateful to those who criticize you and reject you and make life difficult for you as they are the means sent to you by God to sanctify and save your souls.
Fear only to die in a state of final impenitence:
The brother also shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the son: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and shall put them to death. And you shall be hated by all men for my name's sake: but he that shall persevere unto the end, he shall be saved. And when they shall persecute you in this city, flee into another. Amen I say to you, you shall not finish all the cities of Israel, till the Son of man come. The disciple is not above the master, nor the servant above his lord. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the goodman of the house Beelzebub, how much more them of his household?
Therefore fear them not. For nothing is covered that shall not be revealed: nor hid, that shall not be known. That which I tell you in the dark, speak ye in the light: and that which you hear in the ear, preach ye upon the housetops. And fear ye not them that kill the body, and are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him that can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and not one of them shall fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Fear not therefore: better are you than many sparrows. Every one therefore that shall confess me before men, I will also confess him before my Father who is in heaven. But he that shall deny me before men, I will also deny him before my Father who is in heaven. Do not think that I came to send peace upon earth: I came not to send peace, but the sword. For I came to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law
And as a man's enemies shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me; and he that loveth son or daughter more than me, is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not up his cross, and followeth me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life, shall lose it: and he that shall lose his life for me, shall find it. He that receiveth you, receiveth me: and he that receiveth me, receiveth him that sent me. (Mt. 10: 21-40)
Consider how Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ Himself told Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres that the sins of men in Ecuador, a country favored with the visits of Our Lady of Good Success and ruled for twelve years (1859 to 1865 and 1869 to the time of assassination in 1875) by that great exemplar of the Social Reign of Christ the King, Gabriel Garcia Moreno, would diminish the luster of the sunsets in that country on the equator:
She saw that when this would happen, the beautiful dawn that each morning would break forth with refulgence over this land--so enchantingly spectacular that some persons would rise at daybreak just to see the day break--would lose some of its brilliance. Thus does earth reflect Heaven, and the earth's beauty and vitality diminish with sin and infidelity to grace. This favor of beautiful dawns should cease, Mother Mariana was given to understand, because the Republic [of Ecuador, which was then only a Spanish colony] would become corrupt and ungrateful for the benefits it received from God. (Marian Therese Horvat, Ph.D., Stories and Miracles of Our Lady of Good Success, Tradition in Action, Inc., 2002, p. 68.)
Men must quit their sins and repent of them in the Sacred Tribunal of Penance. They must treat each other as they would treat Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Who was made Flesh in Our Lady's Virginal and Immaculate Womb, where He spent nine months growing to the point of His Nativity in poverty and anonymity in Bethlehem on Christmas Day. No one can say that he loves Our Lord and yet supports His dismemberment mystically in the persons of innocent preborn children. And it is impossible to provide for any element of the common temporal good on an enduring basis as long as the innocent preborn are attacked with legal impunity, as long as the Sovereignty of God over the sanctity and fecundity of marriage is denied by means of contraception, as long as perversity is promoted under the slogans of "diversity" and "human rights," as long as men live as though there is no true Church and that they do not have to face Christ the King as their Judge at the moment of their Particular Judgments.
We do not know how long it will be until Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ's Second Coming at the end of the world, which is why we must be prepared at all times for the end of our own lives. We do not know if the signs of natural disasters and cataclysms that are occurring at the time signify the nearing of Our Lord's Second Coming. What we can say for sure, however, is that truly extraordinary things are happening in our midst as a world that has gone mad with the conceits of the deification of man and his "rights." It is up to those of us who have the Faith to see the deeper supernatural significance of these events and to make more and more reparation for our sins, especially by praying as many Rosaries each day as our state-in-life permits.
It is my belief, far from infallible, that God is indeed speaking to us through the events of nature, trying to demonstrate what appears to be some to be a terrible inconvenience and a source of material loss is symbolic symbolic of the horror of our own sins and the devastation that they wreak in our own souls and in the world-at-large. At the same time, however, God is also demonstrating the wonder of His creative handiwork, showing forth His own righteous power that baffles scientists and medical doctors who think that they have "answers" to even the physiological aspects of human existence.
We should take heed of the fact that natural disasters and other calamities are a sign of our own morality and of our utter dependence upon God as He has revealed Himself to us solely through the Catholic Church and upon the supernatural helps that are available to souls only through that same Church. Again, to Saint Alphonsus's Preparation for Death:
The Lord does not wish us to be lost; and therefore, by the threat of chastisement, he unceasingly exhorts us to a change of life. Except you will be converted, He will brandish His sword. Behold, he says in another place, how many, because they would not cease to offend me, have met with a sudden death, when they were least expecting it, and were living in peace, secure of a life of many years. For whey they shall say: Peace and security: then shall sudden destruction come upon them. Again he says: Unless you shall do penance, you shall likewise perish. Why so many threats of chastisements before the execution of vengeance? It is because he wishes that we amend our lives, and thus avoid an unhappy death. "He," says Saint Augustine, "who tells you to beware, does not wish to take away your life." It is necessary, then, to prepare our accounts before the day of account arrives. Dearly beloved Christians, were you to die, and were your lot for eternity to be decided before night would your accounts be ready? Oh! how much would you give to obtain from God another year or month, or even another day, to prepare for judgment? Why then do yo not now, that God gives you this time, settle the accounts of your conscience? Perhaps is cannot happen that this shall be the last day for you? Delay not to be converted to the Lord, and defer it not from day to day; for His wrath shall come on a sudden, and in a the time of vengeance He will destroy thee. My brother, to save your soul you must give up your sin. "If then you must renounce it at some time, why do you not abandon it at this moment?" says Saint Augustine. Perhaps you are waiting till death arrives? But for obstinate sinners, the hour of death is the time, not of pardon, but of vengeance. In the time of vengeance He will destroy thee. (Saint Alphonsus de Liguori, Preparation for Death.)
Our Lady explained Our Lady of La Salette told Melanie Calvat and Maximin Giraud about the terrible effects of sin in the world on September 19, 1846:
The Church will be in eclipse, the world will be in dismay. But now Enoch and Eli will come, filled with the Spirit of God. They will preach with the might of God, and men of good will will believe in God, and many souls will be comforted. They will make great steps forward through the power of the Holy Spirit and will condemn the devilish lapses of the Antichrist. Woe to the inhabitants of the earth! There will be bloody wars and famines, plagues and infectious diseases. It will rain with a fearful hail of animals. There will be thunderstorms which will shake cities, earthquakes which will swallow up countries. Voices will be heard in the air. Men will beat their heads against walls, call for their death, and on another side death will be their torment. Blood will flow on all sides. Who will be the victor if God does not shorten the length of the test? At the blood, the tears and prayers of the righteous, God will relent. Enoch and Eli will be put to death. Pagan Rome will disappear. The fire of Heaven will fall and consume three cities. All the universe will be struck with terror and many will let themselves be lead astray because they have not worshipped the true Christ who lives among them. It is time; the sun is darkening; only faith will survive.
Now is the time; the abyss is opening. Here is the King of Kings of darkness, here is the Beast with his subjects, calling himself the Savior of the world. He will rise proudly into the air to go to Heaven. He will be smothered by the breath of the Archangel Saint Michael. He will fall, and the earth, which will have been in a continuous series of evolutions for three days, will open up its fiery bowels; and he will have plunged for all eternity with all his followers into the everlasting chasms of hell. And then water and fire will purge the earth and consume all the works of men's pride and all will be renewed. God will be served and glorified." (Message of Our Lady of La Salette.)
As recorded in The Mystical City of God, Our Lady explained to the Venerable Mary of Agreda, the earth itself will be shaken of the work of the devil to inspire us to commit unrepentant after unrepentant sin, and that she, Our Lady, will make possible our salvation by her perfect fiat to the will of God the Father at the Annunciation:
"Woe to the earth, and to the sea, because the devil is come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he hath but a short time." Woe to the earth, where so many sins and such wickedness shall be perpetuated! Woe to the sea, which refused to pour forth its floods and annihilate the transgressors at the sight of so great offenses against its Creator, and to avenge the insults against its Maker and Lord! But more woe to the profound and raging sea of those that follow the demon, after he had descended in their midst in order to war against them with great wrath and with such unheard of cruelty! It is the wrath of the most ferocious dragon, and greater than that of the devouring lion (I Pet. 5, 8), who attempts to annihilate all creation and to whom all the days of the world seem a short time to execute his fury. Such is his hunger and thirst to do damage to mortals, that all the days of their life do not satisfy him, for they come to an end, whereas he desires eternal ages, if possible, in order to wage war against the sons of God. But incomparably greater than against all others is his rage against that most blessed Woman, who was to crush his head (Gen. 3, 15). (Venerable Mary of Agreda, The Mystical City of God.)
Yes, our trust must be placed totally in Our Lady to help us save our immortal souls. Saint Alphonsus wrote in Preparation for Death of the confidence we must place Mary our Immaculate Queen , the Mother of God:
Oh! how great will be our thankfulness for the mercy of God, for having given us for our advocate, Mary, who, by her prayers, can obtain for us all the graces we stand in need of. "Truly wonderful," exclaims St. Bonaventure, "is the bound of our God, who has given thee, O Lady, to his guilty subjects as their advocate, so that thou art able to obtain for them by thy assistance whatever thou wilt." Sinners, brethren, if we find ourselves debtors to the divine justice, and commended to hell by our sins, let us not despair; let us have recourse to this divine mother; let us put ourselves under her protection, and she will save us. But we must have a sincere purpose of amending our lives. If we have such a purpose, and place confidence in Mary, we shall be saved. And why? Because Mary is a powerful advocate, a merciful advocate, an advocate that desires to save all." (Saint Alphonsus de Liguori, Preparation for Death.)
Our hope must then be in Our Lady, to whom we commend the particular needs of those suffering at this time.
We trust in Our Lady to help us to save our own souls, nunc et in hora mortis nostrae.
We must trust in Our Lady to save our souls from the destruction power of sin, even venial sin, in our own souls, which shone so brilliantly at the moment of our baptism but.
We need to ask Our Lady every day to help us to be prepared for the moment of our own deaths, recognizing that we live at a time in salvation history when the forces unleashed by the social toleration and promotion of sin are exacting a heavy toll on us all and might take us from this mortal life when we least expect it.
We do indeed need Our Lady's help so that our souls will not be lost for all eternity, which is why, of course, we must pray our Rosaries every day without fail and to pray them so very well. We never know when our next Rosary will be our last Rosary. And one way to avoid being burned for all eternity in the flames of Hell that emit sulphur dioxide—and from which there is no escape route—is to pray our Rosaries well as we meditate upon the mysteries contained therein, making sure also to be enrolled in and to wear and to fulfill the conditions of her Brown Scapular of Mount Carmel that protected four priests from the atomic blast in Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6, 1945. May it protect us today from the contagion of sin that can rob us of eternal glories in Heaven for all eternity.
May we keep Our Lady's Fatima requests so that the day will soon arrive when all hearts in this country and around the world, consecrated to Our Lord through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus, will exclaim:
Vivat Christus Rex! Viva Cristo Rey!
Isn't it time to pray a Rosary now?
Immaculate Heart of Mary, triumph soon!
Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
Saint John the Evangelist, pray for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
Saints Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, pray for us.
Saint Didacus, pray for us.